It’s time to move your existing fragrance to the back of the queue. As the days lengthen, fresh aromas are called for.
When it comes to men’s fragrances for summer, it’s not just about the obvious formulas: we’ve got all bases covered in this carefully chosen collection. We do however strongly recommend you have solid summer plans before reading on..
1| MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN – AMYRIS HOMME
Amyris Homme by Maison Francis Kurkdjian is a fragrance infused with repetitive reminders of summer.
Led by Jamaican amyris and the scent of Florentine iris, Amyris Homme will become your summer staple. Possessing a masculine edge with its notes of agarwood, rosemary and coffee the scent soon evolves into a light blast that’ll glimmer in tandem with the summer sun.
Pool party or no pool party, smelling this good should be mandatory.
£110 for 70ml, mrporter.com
2| ESCENTRIC MOLICULES 03
The Berlin-based ESCENTRIC MOLECULES collection of unisex fragrances has gained a loyal following since its launch in 2006.
Our summer pick from the range is ESCENTRIC 03, which blends woody notes of; vetiver, sandalwood, leather, cedar and musk, together with crisp bursts of lime and ginger with floral jasmine and white tea.
Powerful without being overpowering, Escentric 03 is an energetic, masculine scent that’s perfect for everything from the beach to the bar, and anything in-between.
Keep to yourself or share with your holiday romance? The choice is yours.
£27 for 30ml, liberty.co.uk
3| BENTLEY INFINITE INTENSE
Unveiled earlier this year, INFINITE INTENSE by car manufacture BENTLEY is a bolder version of its co-release INFINITE. The manly scent boasts notes of black pepper, lavender and violet lead off, followed with a heart of nutmeg and elemi, while patchouli and vetiver make the base.
Whatever you drive, smelling as good as a Bentley can never be bad!
£70 for 100ml, bentleymotors.com
4| MURDOCK LONDON – RENSHAW
Last year MURDOCK LONDON released its sport inspired RENSHAW COLOGNE. Renshaw was the second in a line-up which celebrated British sporting games. Napier 1933, revealed before it, honours automobile racing while this particular offering nods to the famous Wimbledon tennis championships.
The cologne features fresh top notes of garden mint, ruby red grapefruit and Sicilian bergamot, mid notes of assorted summer flowers, green pepper and watercress middle, on a base of musk and white wood. Some men want to smell the house down, others merely want to smell as good as the well manicured Wimbledon turf.
Those in your company will just have to learn to deal with their cravings for strawberries and cream!
£90 for 100ml, murdocklondon.com
5| FRAPIN – NEVERMORE
While afternoons by the beach bar bring one demand, the evenings bring a whole new requirement needing to be fulfilled.
FRAPIN’S NEVERMORE epitomises maturity with notes of aldehydes, nutmeg, black pepper, rose, amber, atlas cedar and saffron. Possibly best suited for a busy wine or cocktail bar, this unfolding aroma oozes coolness and warmth in equal measure.
Aviators, cigar, cognac & Nevermore.
£98 for 100ml, bloomperfume.co.uk
6| BOSS BOTTLED INTENSE
Loaded with more woods, spices and a powerful concentration of precious oils, BOSS BOTTLED INTENSE is a sophisticated interpretation of the original world famous BOSS BOTTLED.
Less sweet than the its predecessor, this emphatic choice is a winner for all year round and is a great after-hours take on the classic.
Rooftop bar or office meeting, BOSS BOTTLED INTENSE brings a touch of sophistication to any social situation.
£62 for 100ml, harrods.com
7| FERRARI – BRIGHT NEROLI
Thanks to the citron, orange and neroli, with pepper and rosemary at its centre, BRIGHT NEROLI by FERRARI is invigorating yet mysterious. Other notes include vetiver, patchouli and amber.
Brand new for 2015, this modern Citrus Aromatic Woody scent has depth and masculinity.
Sunglasses + Ferrari Pure = summer.
£75 for 100ml, harrods.com (released on 17th April)
8| EAU DE LACOSTE L.12.12 JAUNE (YELLOW)
The latest release from LACOSTE and its L.12.12 collection is inspired by the yellow polo shirt. Jaune (yellow) is a scent tailor-made for summer, one that triggers optimism and happiness.
With notes of Grapefruit, Apple and Cypress wood, this citrusy member of the L.12.12 family is sunshine in a bottle.
Polo shirt or vest to the beach?
£47 for 100ml, lacoste.com
9| MONT BLANC EMBLEM INTENSE
From the world famous luxury brand MONT BLANC comes a fragrance that encapsulates a cool masculinity.
A woody, oriental, spicy fragrance, EMBLEM INTENSE opens with notes of grapefruit, sage and cardamom. Violet leaves and nutmeg form the intense heart, while woods and tonka beans reveal an exquisitely masculine drydown.
Because water-sports are more exciting than sudoku this is the only Mont Blanc you’ll be needing for your summer trip.
£65 for 100ml, montblanc.com
10| FLORIS LONDON LIMES
Additional daylight brings optimism and the opportunity to wear a zesty fragrance presents itself. FLORIS LONDON Limes scent was created by Mr Juan Floris and combines top notes of lemon and petitgrain with a heart of lily of the valley and neroli, backed up by musky base.
Spritz it on and go..
£75 for 100ml, florislondon.com
There you have it: 10 of the Best – Men’s Fragrances for Summer. Now go buy yourself some board shorts.